Could I Ever Be As Prepared As Morgan Carter

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The Going Home series of books made a huge impression on me as I have said a few times already. I wouldn’t say they completely altered my life, but they definitely gave me a push forward. I was making a lot of excuses, and If we are being 100% honest I still do, but to a much smaller extent. I am also not going to bounce back and forth from my life to these books forever, and there has been other books that I have read since this initial “awakening” with just as much and sometimes more info, but I needed to give a base from which to start telling my story of realizing how unprepared I was, and these books are in all reality the catalyst that started the process of being more self-reliant. I wanted to give credit to what I feel may have saved me, and mine.

If you have read the books you know the extreme levels of preparation that Morgan attained. At times it seemed absolutely impossible to get to that level, and for many his preparation may not even be necessary. For those that have not read the books I think the best way to summarize his forward thinking would be that he positioned himself in such a way that he was able to maintain almost all of modern life during a complete breakdown of society. Preparation like this takes half a lifetime to develop unless you have large amounts of excess money, and as I said before I was completely overwhelmed about where to even start.

Will I ever be as prepared as Morgan Carter? I have no idea, but I had to accept that for now I can only worry about tomorrow. Once I have tomorrow set Ill move onto the day after tomorrow, then the day after that.

More to come…..

Then Came Morgan Carter

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Yes I named the Blog post after a fictional character of a book, that for some odd reason I related to on a level I would have never imagined. We are by no means twins, but the character that was created by Angery American (AA’s Facebook Page), AKA Chris Weatherman just fit with many of the things I was starting to think about, and I ultimately now believe are some of what is wrong with the world, and our country. I don’t agree 100% with some of the things the character does or thinks, but I can completely relate to the reasoning behind it. Bottom line is I loved the entire series, and they helped push me past the excuses I was making.

The Going Home series of book hooked me from the beginning! The first book “Going home” Starts off with an EMP that basically brings down the system, and by the system I mean the entire country, and our way of living. That alone isn’t the part that hooked me, it’s a common enough way to start a survival/post-apocalyptic style book, but Morgan Carter the main character on the other hand was the hook and his trip home reeled me in. Morgan works on the road, and at the start of the book he was 250 miles from home. As I said briefly before I’m a mechanic, but more specifically im a road service technician, and am also often far away from home. I no longer do long distance service work, but I still am typically 50 miles away from home. The cause of Morgan’s predicament is something that I now feel is possible, however I didnt come to this conclution simply from these books (more on that later). With that being said I was finding myself spending a larger amount of time thinking about his situation, its similarities to mine, and how I would be able to “Get home”.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Chris’s books was that he wrote them about situations that could happen to any of us if we were to see a breakdown of society for what ever reason, Morgan Carter wasnt a special forces operator with decades of training. He wrote his books in such a manner that the characters approached each situation right then and there, more often then not it was dealt with in a very final manner, and then they moved on to the next situation. Although his resources by the end of the series were esxtreme, and he was incredibly prepaired for almost anything they are prepps that are by all means possible! Chris also, through Morgan does a lot of product name dropping in the books, but it didnt have the feel of advertisment, and I beleive these are actually items that the author has used at one point. The fact that I also had already known of these products from the Facebook groups I had been frequenting lent a bit of credibility to the concepts. It made me feel that the writer had done his research either for the book, real life, or both. It felt like Chris had some experience with the concepts of the book. In the first book Morgan goes into great detail describing the contents of his bag, the equipment he has, and his survival tactics as he begins his walk home. I also didnt take any of the books as a written survival handbook, but more of a mind opener to the possibilities of what could happen, and maybe a few options i didnt think of on how to deal with things.

The Going Home series of books completely ended my journey on the excuse train. It opened my eyes to what could happen. No matter how far-fetched you may think it is, remember that most of the things that have been the basis of these types of books have happened many times in history, and the cause of the breakdown of society in the Going Home series is based on fact. No one may know exaclty what would happen during and after a large scale EMP strike, but I believe the results in these books are at least a possibility.

Although I use the authors first name like i know him personally I do not, but I wanted to say that he also answers questions to his facebook page rather quickly and seems more down to earth then some others I have met. I am also absolutely not a book reviewer, and I didnt want to give much away, but if you are into survival/SHTF/TEOTWAWKI Books give this one a shot.

More to come

Shortly After The Beginning

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Everything was happening a bit fast. I was developing, and improving the things I was carrying with me every day, and generally trying to organizing parts of my life just a bit. Sure I had come to the realization that if the proverbial shit ever were to hit that fan it wouldn’t be pretty for my crew, but I had not accepted the outcome completely. It was still “that will never happen to me” syndrome. At this point I was still playing with simply trying to be a better mechanic, and have the stuff on me that would be useful to me and the people around me on a day to day basis. Ill get into the details of that later, but thats where I dwelled for a few months.

I have always been an avid reader, and as my life started to get more and more busy I had less and less time to read. I started listening to audio books to get my literary fix, and I couldn’t have been happier. Science Fiction was my go to, mixed in with the typically popular fantasy books. Once and a while I would hit the religious categories, and then always back to Science Fiction. It was getting a bit repetitive though and I was looking for a new genre, I just didn’t know what. I had already been reading the Facebook page Bushcraft and Survival Tribe mostly teasing myself with all the stories of people walking out into the woods for a week with just what was on their backs, and having the skills to survive. I spent a lot of time with my father camping as a child and this was bringing so much of it back.

At this point I was desperate for something to read, and I figured I would hit the survivalist genre on the web site I get my books from, and the first thing that popped up was The book Going Home by A. American. It wasn’t the first thing that popped up, but the first thing that seemed interesting at least. I downloaded it and the next morning when I hit the road for work I pressed play on book 1. That was it, I was hooked! I spent the next month powering through all seven books in the Going Home series.

Morgan Carter changed everything.

More to come

In The Beginning

Some brief and recent history of how I became a little less unprepared.


So now I realize I’m screwed, but how screwed am I? I don’t really think there is an answer to that question, at least not yet. It also really depends on what you are trying to be prepared for, and I honestly don’t really know. I have concerns, but we can get into those at a later. At this point taking a dive down that rabbit hole again would just cloud my purpose, but what in the beginning brought me to the I’m screwed revelation?

I have always to a very small degree practiced some sort of being prepared mentality. Like I said though it was on a very small level. I carried a pocket knife, and my wallet almost all the time. I had a 5.11 Rush 24 I used for everyday work items, and that was about it. I do however remember my father always having some sort of bag with him with all sorts of day to day items. I realized I was starting to do something similar, and it started becoming a bit more of a hobby. I found a Facebook page that I enjoyed called EDC Addicts, and a few web sites (Pack Config, and Everyday Carry) that fed my already growing backpack addiction. Around that same time I picked up a few boxes of my fathers things from my mothers house, and much of his “EDC” was in there. It started the snowball a rollin!

The one thing that I personally didn’t care for was that many of the items people were sharing on EDC Addicts, and the Everyday Carry pages were mostly very pretty, and often didn’t seem very utilized. Lots of fidget spinners, and pocket queen knives that mostly didn’t look used. I am by no means knocking the choices of the posters on there but it just wasn’t for me. I did however take many of the ideas that sprouted from that page and ran with them. I started developing and evolving my own “EDC” items.

More to come

First blog post

The moment you realize your screwed!


Yep, This is the first post all right. The first of what I hope will be many, and I have not even completely decided how to start this shindig off. At the beginning would probably be a safe bet, but the beginning of what? The beginning of my life? Absolutely not, you can’t get much more unexciting then that.

Im no world traveling Ex-Agent of any sort, or even some former special operations bad ass, (yes I do believe they are bad ass for sure) thats not me. I was in the military, so I guess there is some experiences to offer on that front, but I was a mechanic, and on the bad ass scale its a bit towards the bottom. Im a father in a very large combined family, and we live outside of Chicago very near O’hare airport. Cant get to much worse then that, except maybe New York. (Sorry New York)

Just like most others I have maybe a weeks worth of food in the house on a good day and that is seriously dependent on power, the cars are often low on fuel, and we depend heavily on the ability to get what we need at a moments notice. So basically if there is any sort of local, regional, or national disaster we are screwed, and dependent on others. Lets start their then, at the beginning of realizing that we as a family are in bad shape when it comes to self reliance!